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Jacob Secrest of Mecklenburg County, N.C.
Posted by: Priscilla Clarke (ID *****3395) Date: September 29, 2008 at 07:36:57
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Does anyone know of documents (deeds/wills, etc.) that directly state that Andrew Secrest was the son of Jacob Secrest.

I am trying to establish Jacob Secrest as a DAR Patriot.

He received a land entry in Mecklenburg County, N.C. during the Revolutionary War years and thus swore loyalty to the American cause. These land entries documented by Dr. Ralph Pruitt entitle Jacob Secrest to be considered a Revolutionary War Patriot through the Daughters of the American Revolution. I need a written connection from Jacob to his son Andrew (my line) to establish the descendancy. I have everything else that I need.

I have seen a copy of a certified statement that Andrew Secrest made around 1848 in which he stated that his father Jacob Secrest lived in the old Andrew (Thomas?) Jackson homeplace for a number of years.

Colonel Walkup was trying to establish that Andrew Jackson was born in North Carolina not South Carolina and he was interviewing older residents of the community and taking their sworn statements. A Daniel Winchester also made a sworn statement at the time reference Andrew Jackson.

I think D.A.R. may accept this statement as proof of lineage but what I saw was on the internet. I would love to get a copy of Andrew Secrest's original statement or a copy of the article that it was taken from.

Does anyone know where I could get this information? Any information that you can give me would be appreciated.

Also, does anyone know of a will or document that would establish Nancy Sarah Wincester, who married Andrew Secrest, as the daughter of Douglas Winchester.

Douglas Winchester also made a land entry in Mecklenburg County, N.C., during the Revolutionary War years and he, too, could be established as a Patriot with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

If you want to contact me direct, my E-mail address is:

Priscilla Clarke

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